As Twitchy reported Wednesday morning, DICK’S Sporting Goods announced a few policy changes: it would no longer be selling “assault-style rifles,” high-capacity magazines, or any gun to anyone under 21. (Never mind that the chain stopped selling “assault-style rifles” years ago.)
Walmart has now followed suit, saying it will no longer sell firearms or ammo to anyone under 21. Earlier in the day, though, under pressure from the DICK’S Sporting Goods announcement, someone working the social media desk at Walmart was busy reassuring citizens that it had stopped selling AR-15s and automatic rifles in 2015.
We hear you! We just wanted to let you know that Walmart stopped selling AR-15s and automatic rifles in 2015. We also raised the minimum wage for entry-level associates to $11 this year!
— Walmart (@Walmart) February 28, 2018
Um … one more time?
— Carl Quintanilla (@carlquintanilla) February 28, 2018
Wow, did the feds know that Walmart was selling automatic weapons up until 2015?
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) March 1, 2018
Apparently, @Walmart sold automatic weapons as recently as 2015, despite that being illegal since FDR's first term as President.
Talk about burying the lede…. https://t.co/Rkz8WDbDQ2
— Dodd (@Amuk3) March 1, 2018
Where was I when Wally World was slinging the full autos in 2015?? https://t.co/lQZuahptlB
— Daniel Herndon (@DanielHerndon1) March 1, 2018
Walmart sold automatics up to 2015? Damn. They really did sell everything. https://t.co/KJySMDr2ni
— Michael H. Pelech (@michaelpelech10) March 1, 2018
Walmart sold automatic rifles?? https://t.co/YTcIbCY3su
— Chris Brigham (@CJBrigham) March 1, 2018
Walmart once sold automatic rifles???? https://t.co/lOJKeel2pk
— Will Doran (@will_doran) March 1, 2018
Didn’t know Wal-Mart had AUTOMATIC rifles on their shelves before 2015. https://t.co/Sp54tRjjBA
— Codagh Cap (@SonOfUhGunn) March 1, 2018
Umm. I don’t believe it was legal for Walmart to sell automatic rifles in 2015. https://t.co/YF0Ks3dQcN
— Holmes (@HolmesLybrand) March 1, 2018
Automatics have been effectively banned for civilians since the 1980s, genius. https://t.co/1PQlxi5f8X
— Michael (@Michael2014abc) March 1, 2018
The fact that you think Walmart was still selling automatic weapons in 2015 proves that you lack the knowledge to breath or discuss policy https://t.co/5kJqll4ehS
— Ryan Duke (@dukegsu) March 1, 2018
Wow, we’re sure glad Walmart fully researched existing gun laws before buckling to the pressure of “recent events.”
Walmart to raise age restriction for firearms and ammo purchases to 21 https://t.co/XUWMB0RqHa
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) March 1, 2018